Skip To Content
Fast Forward

Israeli Lawmakers Visit South Africa In Landmark Visit

A group of Knesset members visited South Africa this week to meet with the country’s politicians and Jewish community – a first that comes amid tensions between the Jewish state and the African country.

“The delegation’s visit and meetings with the Jewish community dealt with the ties that bind the Jewish people worldwide, including Israel and the South African Jewish community,” said Zionist Union MK Nachman Shai.

The delegation contingent consisted of members of the Knesset from across the political spectrum, and involved meetings with the ruling African National Congress, the opposition Democratic Alliance and the heads of the South African jewish community, which still numbers in the tens of thousands.

Relations between Israel and South Africa have grown strained, with South Africa criticizing Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians. At a recent party conference, the ANC endorsed the BDS movement and called for South Africa to downgrade its diplomatic relations with Israel.

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at [email protected] or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.